Australia lose Tatafu Polota Nau for Italian job

Australia’s Wallabies have been forced to make a late change to their team to face Italy in Florence on Saturday.

Hooker Tatafu Polota Nau comes off the bench, to be replaced by James Hanson, who is involved in the match squad on tour for the first time after making his debut during last month’s drawn Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane.

Polota Nau was withdrawn this evening after still being troubled by soreness from last weekend’s Cook Cup Test match during today’s captain’s walkover at the Stade Artemio, where tomorrow’s Test will be played.

The Wallabies have completed preparations for what will be the 15th Test match to have been played between Australia and Italy.

In other news from theWallabies’ Spring Tour, a date has been set for Australia’s appeal against the eight-week suspension that was handed to lock Rob Simmons following the Test against France in Paris earlier in the trip.

The appeal will be heard by a three-man panel in Bristol, an hour by road from Cardiff, next Tuesday night.


15. Berrick Barnes ,14. Nick Cummins ,13. Adam Ashley-Cooper ,12. Ben Tapuai ,11. Drew Mitchell ,10. Kurtley Beale ,9. Brett Sheehan ,8. Wycliff Palu ,7. Michael Hooper ,6. Scott Higginbotham ,5. Nathan Sharpe (captain)4. Sitaleki Timani ,3. Ben Alexander ,2. Stephen Moore ,1. Benn Robinson ,

Replacements :16. James Hanson ,17. James Slipper ,18. Sekope Kepu ,19. Dave Dennis ,20. Liam Gill ,21. Nick Phipps ,22. Mike Harris ,23. Digby Ioane

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